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Relaxing at the boat Vulkana, Tromsø Vulkana, Tromsø
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Mingle with polar urbans

Take part in the downtown, alternative scene in our biggest city north of the Arctic circle.

Tromsø is the capital of explorers – including you who are hunting for fashionable cafés and bars. The adventurous spots of Northern Norway’s biggest city are now pointed out in The poor man’s connoisseur guide to Tromsø.

This useful and wonderfully wacky insider review is edited and published by Erlend Mogård-Larsen and written in cooperation with, among others, Sondre Sommerfeldt. See the proofs of Tromsø’s special ability to introduce backstreet exotica on the main street.

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Guidebook editor Erlend Mogård-Larsen recommends the following inside tips for an offbeat Tromsø experience. For more inspiration, download the Tromsø Official City App.

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Food & drinks

Hildr gastrobar

Joyful, small dishes are based on the catch of day and the chef’s mood. The interior smells of a hunter’s cabin with a hint of 1960s memorabilia. Show up early in the evening before it gets totally packed.

Address: Skippergata 11, 9008 Tromsø

Burgr bar

Come here to eat and play. Some of the best burgers in town are served in this bar, which is decorated by vintage game posters on all walls. A 1970s Arcade machine, with more than 2000 games, makes sure the guests never leave.

Address: Skippergata 6, 9008 Tromsø

Aunegården

The oldest café in town offers tasteful cakes, pop-up events, and occasionally a DJ spinning vinyl in a corner. The place also serves one of the most decent coffees of the Arctic.

Address: Sjøgata 29, 9008 Tromsø

Presis Tapas

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Bardus Bistro & Bar

Eat Tromsø: The slogan of this eatery is local roots, international ambiance. Bardus is amongst the best bistros in town, and also has a bar. Go for the Tromsø Mix, which is a beer with tequila, orange and cinnamon.

Address: Cora Sandelsgate 4, 9008 Tromsø

Raketten

Try arctic fastfood. Raketten (The Rocket) is the best, smallest and most wooden sausage outlet in Norway, built in 1911. It got its name after the pointed, spire-like shape of the roof.

Address: Erling Bangsunds plass 1, 9008 Tromsø

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Blå Rock

Tromsø is the home of numerous rock bands, and Blå Rock has been their nest since 1991. The owners are proud of the décor and the permanent exhibition of original rock relics, like signed photo portraits by such polarities as Elvis Presley and Frank Zappa.

Address: Strandgata 14, 9008 Tromsø

Tromsø bruktbokhandel

The most wild and wonderful shop in town is also the most crowded. This joint for used books houses departments of Lego, Hobbit-relics and – of course – games.

Address: Kirkegata 6, 9008 Tromsø

Dive into floating wellness. Vulkana is a small-size ship with a drop-in spa, right in the core of the Tromsø city centre port, mentioned as the best Nordic relaxation centre by Finnair magazine.

Address: Søndre Tollbodgate 17, 9008 Tromsø

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